References to Health Care/Energy/Education (bundled together) – 7
Aaaaand – 35
Thaaaat – 16
Iiiiis – 7
Uhh-aaaaaand – 8
Aaaaand-uhh – 1
Uhh – I lost count after 180, but was amazed how many “uhhh’s” the President could string together with only a word or two in between. this was especially pronounced toward the end of the press conference and during questions that he had no good answer for.
Weakest exchange – His attempt to take the high ground on the matters of stem cell research posed by the correspondent from the Washington Times. Aside from not having an artful answer, he actually seemed stumped for a way to get out of the question and on to the next correspondent. Perhaps on some non-political, moral level the president knows that his positions on stem cell research and abortion, which he also mentioned, are indefensible.